Mioks climb to sixth


FOLLOWING a 20-18 win over the Hela Wigmen on Sunday, the Enga Mioks have climbed into the top half of the Digicel Cup to sit in sixth spot with one round remaining.
An excited Mioks coach Thomas Neah told The National that the win at Wabag’s Aipus Oval was part of the club’s drive to finish on a high note, however a place in top six was a bonus. “I had two things in my mind this season and one of them was to make sure that we avoided the wooden spoon,” he said.
“We all wanted to make sure that we restored the pride of the team and finish on a positive note, which I think we’ve accomplished.”
Neah said there were few areas of the game that the team were still rusty on like completing their sets “but we don’t plan on doing anything fancy, just getting the basics right”.
“Our initial plan was to go back to the basics and we’ve managed to do that in a few parts of the game but it’s really humbling to be part of the top six,” he said.
Neah said the drive from his side to commit and play their best was a commendable effort given that the Mioks were last on the ladder a month ago.
The Mioks however will be defending the sixth spot for a chance to go into the finals this weekend when they meet the Rabaul Gurias in Kokopo in the final round of the regular season.
The Gurias (7th), Mioks (6th), Mt Hagen Eagles (8th) and Gulf Isou (9th) all sit on seven points each with the Mioks claiming sixth with a better for-and-against points differential.